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Bills Today: Bills character prerequisite moves some off their board


Here's the Bills news of note for April 28th.

**1 - Bills character prerequisites move some off their board

Following the selection of cornerback Tre'Davious White in the first round of the NFL Draft, head coach Sean McDermott spoke highly of his newest player's makeup.

"Certainly, with the character that Tre'Davious White has, we felt good about that person off the field," McDermott said.

As much as White's positive character made him an attractive pick for the Bills, the head coach admitted that negative character grades took some prospects off their board completely.

"There's guys that, you'd say that weren't on our board," McDermott said. "We're looking for certain things and so character is part of our evaluation process."

McDermott's efforts to bring about a new way of operating individually and as a team every day at One Bills Drive will clearly be reflected in the players they pick the rest of the weekend.

2 - Teams trade up for QBs
With the first round of the NFL draft complete, there were three quarterbacks selected within the top 12, and all three teams that picked them traded up to do so.

The first quarterback taken was North Carolina's Mitchell Trubisky. He was selected second overall by the Chicago Bears. The Bears traded up one spot in a deal with San Francisco in order to draft Trubisky.  

Chicago gave up their first-round pick at three, this year's third-round and fourth-round selection (Picks 67 and 111 overall) and also their third round pick in 2018. It seemed like a lot to move up one spot to land a quarterback like Trubisky who only started 13 career games at UNC.

The second quarterback taken went at pick No.10 to the Kansas City Chiefs where they selected Patrick Mahomes II. The young prospect was considered a raw talent by many, but was intriguing because of his strong arm.

The Chiefs parted with their first-round selection (No. 27), this year's third-round selection (No. 91) and next year's first-round pick in exchange for pick No.10 from Buffalo.

The third quarterback taken was Clemson's Deshaun Watson who went No.12 overall. The Houston Texans traded up with the Cleveland Browns in order to take him.

The Texans gave up their first-round pick this year (No.25) and their first-round pick next year to the Browns in order to take him. Watson was a proven winner at the collegiate level where he posted a 32-3 record at Clemson and won the national championship in 2017.

The next quarterback widely anticipated to come off the board in round two is Notre Dame's DeShone Kizer.

3 - Stunner selections at the wide receiver position
Along with this year's quarterback class, the wide receivers seemed to fly off the board earlier than expected.

The first being wide receiver Corey Davis out of Western Michigan, who went fifth overall to the Tennessee Titans. This pick was surprising to many because Davis had an ankle injury that required surgery in February. The wideout was not able to work out at the NFL Combine or perform at a pro day so there were a lot of questions as to when he would be selected.

Mike Williams was then selected seventh overall to the Los Angeles Chargers where many touted him as a well-rounded prospect heading into the draft. The pick provides the Chargers with one more solid weapon on that offensive side of the ball.

The most surprising of the wide receivers taken was John Ross, who he went ninth overall to the Cincinnati Bengals. Ross broke the 40-yard dash record at the NFL combine where he ran it in 4.22 seconds, but has a long injury history with surgeries on both knees and a shoulder surgery this past March.  

Making the pick even more peculiar was the Bengals already have an elite wide receiver in A.J. Green and a young prospect in Tyler Boyd, a second-round pick in the 2016 draft.

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